The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship makes its way down to Jacksonville, Florida for round five, where the WW Ranch Motocross Park will be hosting the series and its riders for the very first time. Florida, though, has become a second home to many racers currently competing on the circuit, including guys like Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen, Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb and so on. The familiarity that those riders have to the conditions we will see tomorrow is sure to give them an advantage, but what puts a majority of them on a more even playing field as that they are coming to a brand new venue that only a handful of riders have competed at in the past. (For extended coverage of the 2019 Florida National MX, click here)
Geico Honda teammates Hunter Lawrence and RJ Hampshire both have experience at the facility, back at the 2017 MXGP of USA where RJ and Hunter went one and two in the day’s overall, but RJ dominated the day with his 1-1 moto scores.
Eli Tomac also raced, going 1-3 to finish second overall to Jeffrey Herlings in the MX1 division. Other riders that raced here a couple years ago are Chase Sexton, Justin Cooper, Justin Hill, Justin Barcia, Benny Bloss and a few others.
Aside from the excitement of the new venue, the battles and points chases roll on as Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen are now tied for the 450 class championship after four rounds of racing. The two come into the Florida National having advantages of their own, Tomac having the track experience and Roczen having the training time on Florida soil, which should make for some solid racing come time for the motos this weekend.
Just behind them and tied for third place are the Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna riders of Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne, who both train at the Aldon Baker’s facility in Florida.
The action in the 250 class should be just as good, because just like the Baker’s Facility riders, Adam Cianciarulo and Chase Sexton both train at the “Sandbox”, a facility that’s also not far from the national track in Jacksonville, giving them a good edge over the riders without the southern experience. Cianciarulo will also be looking to extend his 26 point lead and four-race win streak at the Florida National.
Having a round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held in Florida may seem like something wild and new, but the state used to hold a consistent place on the circuit over twenty years ago. Here is a look at some of the history of the National Motocross championship that has made its run through the sunshine state in the past: